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The Pembury Tavern, E8

90 Amhurst Road
E8 1JH
Phone: 02089868597
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Will Larter left this review about The Pembury Tavern

Situated at a busy and complicated road junction, which makes getting a decent photo a difficult, dangerous and time consuming job, the Pembury Tavern is the home of Five Points Brewery (taking its name from said junction, of course). It's one of those big multi-room pubs that can have something going on in one room that the rest of the pub is unaware of - and I noticed heavy curtains hung between rooms to facilitate just this. The bar counter is at the back, with six hand pumps, one of which had a real cider on, with Thornbridge Brother Rabbit and three beers brewed just down the road (see photo), plus numerous keg taps. I went for the Five Points Best 4.1%, which reminded me a little of Youngs Bitter, i.e. I didn't like it very much, though it was in good condition. The guys working behind the bar didn't make any attempt to interact with their few customers - maybe they were saving themselves for when it got busy later.

On 2nd February 2022 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Pembury Tavern

A first in here the other night into a rather strange looking building on the five points junction, which gives its name to the eponymous brewery.
The pub was here by at least the 1850s but was rebuilt in 1866 for Truman's. Due to a fire, it was closed for some time from the 1990s until 2006, reopened as a 16-pump beer heaven by Milton's, paradise lost for some as this is as of Autumn 2018 the tap for the Five Points brewery, with now just six pumps, possibly with one cider but otherwise Pale, Best and Railway Porter with two guests, one of which I couldn't make out. On arrival, I was greeted by a man taking a pee against the side wall, though judging by his demeanour and garb, I doubt he was a punter, thankfully.
The interior is quite a spacious U-shape with a modern boarded floor, part wooden panelled walls, otherwise green paint about as far up the walls to head height, white thereon up with either a white ceiling in the main bar area or mungy brown to the side wings which can be partitioned off with full height green curtains. Lighting comes from hanging opaque white lamps - which jostle with plenty of modern ceiling fans - or spherical opaque white sconce lights. There's very little décor save for a few framed Five Points flyers; decent music played at an acceptable level so as not to compete with the quiz which was probably the easiest I've witnessed. The modern bar array is finished with white glazed tiles to the back, then green to the bar front, all of which matches the overall colour scheme. Furniture is eclectic with old school chairs rubbing shoulders with brethren made from tubular steel and ply. The overall effect is a little like drinking in a prison canteen, not cosy but with a surprisingly good atmosphere from the 3/5ths full pub, patronised by mainly younger - but not young - drinkers and an old boy, possibly the owner of the aforementioned dog. The lavs are good and modern with two cubicles no less, though accessed down what appears to be a fire escape from an office block. The staff were friendly and efficient.
Ales: as above with my pint of Pale coming in at an incredibly agreeable £4.20 and good it was too. I also plumped for one guest ale, Pig & Porter's Purest Green at £2.40 a half, the pub having just come to the end of a green hop festival. This was a great drink, tasting almost as if it had spent a short spell in a whisky vat.
This is a very interesting pub and I'd come again if in the area and use it frequently if I lived locally but as I don't, I feel that this isn't really a destination venue so it's unlikely that I'll return.

On 20th October 2020 - rating: 6
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Pembury Tavern

Set in the vee of a road junction, this rather nice Victorian pub has been knocked though into one large room, extending into a side area, with polished wood flooring and a 1930's club sort of feel. The bar billiards table is a rare survivor for the area. Most ales from Five Points, who own the pub, but including guests from Siren, ELB and Redemption, and a selection of crafty stuff. A very civilised place for a good pint or two but beware it does not open Monday to Thursday lunchtimes.

On 4th December 2019 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Hackney Downs, 0.15 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Hackney Central, 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
London Fields, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Pembury Tavern, E8
3rd May 2022, 19:25
Request to add pub to area Hackney Central by Tris C rejected, with reason: At submitters request
28th Mar 2022, 19:32
Request to add pub to area Hackney Central by Tris C

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 30 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 20 October 2020 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Side patio. - last updated 20 October 2020 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Baby changing facilities. - last updated 20 October 2020 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 04 December 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 14 July 2015 by hondo .
  • Function Room : No last updated 04 December 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza (not Mon) - last updated 02 February 2022 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 04 December 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 December 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 October 2020 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 December 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 August 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 December 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays. - last updated 20 October 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Five Points plus guests. - last updated 20 October 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 20 October 2020 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 October 2018 by paulof horsham
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